The ACLU-NJ seeks highly motivated students for internship positions throughout the year for work involving a wide range of civil liberties and civil rights issues.
The ACLU-NJ currently offers the following internship opportunities:
Applicant must be a graduate student; an undergraduate student; or have graduated from college within 6 months of beginning the internship. Applicants who are ineligible for an internship are encouraged to apply for our Volunteer Program.
Fall and winter interns should expect to spend at least 8-10 hours per week during the semester. Summer internships are full-time internships and last between 10-12 weeks. Internships are unpaid. Interns are encouraged to apply for academic credit. Summer legal interns are encouraged to seek funds through public interest fellowships. Arrangements can also be made with the student's law school for work-study stipends.
Although we cannot predict the number of interns we can hire throughout the year, we also have a number of volunteer opportunities available which can involve anything from short, discrete research projects to long-term projects.
Applicants for internships should have an interest in civil liberties and civil rights, excellent writing and communication skills, and the initiative and energy to see projects to completion, and a commitment to racial justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.
Applicants are required to submit an Internship Application Form. During the online application process, all applicants will be required to submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample. If the candidate is selected for an interview, references and unofficial transcripts may be requested at that time.
The writing sample(s) must be provided in either Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format and should be 3-5 pages long. The writing sample must reflect the applicant's own abilities, and should not have been edited by another person.
Law students applying for our Legal Internship Program should refer to the Legal Internships page for more specific requirements.
For summer legal interns, we will begin reviewing applications for rising 2L and rising 3L part-time students on November 30 and for rising 1L and rising 2L part-time students on January 7.
For all other internships, we will begin reviewing applications on:
- February 28 - for the summer undergraduate internship program
- July 15 - for the fall internship program
- October 15 - for the winter/spring internship program
These application dates should be used as a general guide; the ACLU-NJ will accept applications until the positions are filled.